Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Cassidy, Brown Eyed Women, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Big River, Peggy-O, Sunrise, The Music Never Stopped
Bertha, Good Lovin', Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> The Other One-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Comes A Time-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Uncle John's Band
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadDate May 9, 1977Venue Buffalo Memorial AuditoriumLocation Buffalo, NYSource SBD -> Master Reel (DBX-1 Encoded) -> Sony PCM501ES (44.055k)Lineage Sony PCM501ES (Analog Out) -> DBX-1 Decoder> Sony PCM501ES (Analog In) ->Dat (48k/Analog In) -> Sound Forge -> SHNMastering Info:SHN -> FLACTransferred by Charlie Miller
January 29, 2015
3rd show in trilogy, always compared to 2nd
The "trilogy" is weighty due to the fame of the meat in the sandwich: Barton. This show is the least consistent of the three - and probably the lesser known as a result - but still has rocket high points. Seems like everybody gets to this show eventually, out of the curiosity of being "the show after".
That said, there are two other equal or better three-in-a-rows in '77:
& the best two back-to-backs ever (both A+): 5/21/77 and 5/22/77
FWIW I rank the trilogy:
5/7/77 - A- Best Individual Songs
5/8/77 - A Most consistent show maybe ever
5/9/77 - B+ Least consistent with big high points
Listening to the three back-to-back, I'm struck by how different they sound.
The 1st set here is better than the 2nd. Though that's not uncommon in '77, the reason is because the 2nd is the most inconsistent set of the three dates. The 1st set starts strong, dips at Cassidy, then has a one-two punch with Tennessee and Big River (both are A+ versions). It goes out smokin' with MNS suddenly catching fire.
The 2nd set starts with a funkier-than-usual Bertha. Good lovin' gets sloppy followed by an A+ Ship. Brisk, crisp beats back Bobby arpeggios and slide-offs making it one of the best versions ever. After NFA the set flags.
1st Set: A-
2nd Set: B
Overall: 4 1/2 Stars
Help>Slip>Franks The best May 77 is 5/22 but this one's up there
Last 5 of 1st Set = All good with a Tennessee that's amazing & unique and a Big River that's strato (though there were lot's of good ones in '77)
Ship of Fools Best of '77?
The Other One
SOURCES: This source has all gaps patched amazingly with AUDs and is the best one (of so many out there) I think.
May 9, 2014
Speaking as a musician....
Sometimes, after a great night or two of music, you just can't wait to get out there and do it again, because you know you're on a roll and you literally can not wait to see what happens next! I have a strong feeling that after the preceeding two shows, the boys (and girl) were eager to see if they could pull it off again.
Sounds like they succeeded in that regard!
May 9, 2013
36 years ago today..
The capping night to perhaps the best multi-venue, three-night run the Dead ever pulled off. From the start of my favorite Help>Slip>Franklin's through a poignant Comes a Time and rockin' Sugar Mags close..turn it up and enjoy this gem.
Thanks to again Charlie Miller - your shows are the best time and time again on archive.
April 21, 2013
January 22, 2013
A classic upgraded
Wow a Charlie Miller remaster of a show in a lot of people's top 10 all time. After a quick sampling of each song, it really sounds noticeably improved. Always felt the audio quality of this show was just a shade under most Betty boards of this tour. Not anymore! Sound is a lot brighter and has more clarity and punch, without a huge volume increase, a great remastering job! very excited to listen to this all the way through. I feel like it's 1990 again, when the show was unknown and new to me, and recalling the excitement i had of the tapes arriving in the mail. You know the highlights of this one, no need to rehash what most people here have heard and read about.. Thank you Mr Miller!